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Portland’s Historic Resource Inventory Now on Instagram!

The social media project shares interesting images representing the breadth and depth of Portland's historic properties.


Between 1980 and 1984, the City of Portland conducted a citywide survey of potentially historic resources that culminated in an inventory of 5,000 documented places. The Historic Resource Inventory (HRI) included residences, warehouses, statues, historic sites, factories, commercial buildings, and even trees. The property-by-property documentation was initially contained in 26 three-ring binders, with the original set housed at the State Historic Preservation Office and copies available at the City Archives and Records Center, Oregon Historical Society, and Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. 

This past spring and summer, two interns from Portland State University and University of Oregon digitized the City’s inventory records, reconciled changes that have occurred since 1984, and integrated up-to-date HRI data into BPS’ historic resources webmap. The project included a review of all 5,000 HRI records to ensure the accuracy of City data regarding historic significance rankings, demolitions, and property location. All photographs from the 1984 effort were scanned and cropped to be used in future historic resources documentation efforts.

Although photographs were taken of nearly all of 5,000 HRI properties, 250 of the most interesting images representing the breadth and depth of the 1984 effort were set aside to be shared on the Instagram account Portland1984 over the course of the coming year. The images capture a snapshot of a moment in Portland’s past and provide inspiration about how historic resources can contribute to Portland’s future. Instagram users are encouraged to interact with the posts, sharing memories and ideas for how historic places might be used in the coming years.

Digitization of the 1984 HRI records is one of several concurrent efforts underway to prepare for an eventual update to the citywide inventory of significant historic resources. Additional background on possible next steps for updating the inventory will be posted to the Historic Resources and Preservation page in October, but in the meantime check out Portland1984 Instagram!

Building community through repair

Get your repairable items fixed at a neighborhood Repair Café!


Does your fall coat need mending? Is your bike begging for working fenders? Fall is a great time to round up the items in your home in need of repair. Repair PDX has several upcoming community events that bring together handy volunteers who like to fix things with people who have items in need of repair. At most events, repair volunteers fix small appliances, bikes and mend garments.

Join us at a Repair Café near you and learn do-it-yourself (DIY) tips to get your items back in use again!

Tuesday, September 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Repair Café at the North Portland Tool Library
2209 North Schofield St

Tuesday, October 17 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Repair Café at Portland Community College Southeast Campus
2305 Southeast 82nd Ave

Thursday, October 26 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Repair Café at Southeast Portland Tool Library
1137 Southeast 20th Ave

Monday, November 6 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Repair Café at ReBuilding Center
3625 N Mississippi Ave

BPS sponsored Fix-It Fairs begin again in November! There will be a Repair Café at each community fair. Join us on Saturday, November 18 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Ron Russel Middle School, 3955 SE 112th Ave.

Find more reuse and repair events and tips at!

Community event to discuss housing and transit in SW Corridor

Join us at a Community Learning and Listening Session to share your ideas on the equitable housing strategy

flyerCommunity members are invited to a Community Learning and Listening Session on Affordable Housing on Saturday, October 14 to share experiences and provide input on housing challenges and opportunities to shape a new SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy.

The event will be an opportunity for community members to learn about affordable housing needs in the corridor and provide input to help preserve and build more places for people to live.

Residents can get involved by connecting with neighbors, learning how to volunteer with local housing organizations and sharing their comments on the transit planning process.

Featured speakers will include Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Tigard Councilor Tom Anderson. They will talk about the importance of inclusive communities with more housing and transit. Housing experts from the Community Alliance of Tenants and Community Housing Fund will talk about the challenges lower income residents in Southwest are facing and what resources are available.

Join us for a fun family-friendly event with childcare, food and entertainment. We hope to see you there!

  • When: Saturday, October 14, 2017, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (doors open at 9 a.m. for registration, lunch served at 12:30 p.m.).
  • Where: Markham Elementary School, 10531 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219.
  • Who: Everyone is welcome; childcare will be provided.

Please RSVP and share this event on Facebook.

For more information about the SW Corridor Equitable Housing Strategy, visit:

Questions? Contact Ryan Curren, 503-823-4574,

PSC News: September 26, 2017 Meeting Documents and Information

2035 Comprehensive Plan Map Refinement Project — briefing; Transportation System Plan Stage 3 — hearing


  • 2035 Comprehensive Plan Map Refinement Project — briefing
  • Transportation System Plan Stage 3 — hearing

Meeting files

An archive of meeting minutes and documents of all Planning and Sustainability Commission meetings are available at

For background information, see the PSC website at, call 503-823-7700 or email

Meeting playback on Channel 30 are scheduled to start the Friday following the meeting. Starting times may occur earlier for meetings over three hours long, and meetings may be shown at additional times as scheduling requires.

Channel 30 (closed-caption)
Friday at 3 p.m. | Sunday at 7:00 a.m. | Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.


The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access and will make reasonable accommodations, modifications, translation, interpretation or provide other services. When possible, please contact us at least three (3) business days before the meeting at 503-823-7700 or use City TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service 711.

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Public invited to provide testimony on Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft

Planning and Sustainability Commission to hold public hearing on October 24, 2017

The Map Refinement Project follows the Comprehensive Plan Update, refining the new zoning map to ensure it is in alignment with the newly adopted Comprehensive Plan Map and guiding land use policies.

The Map Refinement Project Discussion Draft was released in June 2017, prompting 53 comments from individuals and organizations. Project staff used this feedback to create the Proposed Draft, which was released on Sept. 12, 2017. Public notice about the Proposed Draft and public hearings will be mailed to affected property owners and occupants, as well as neighborhood associations and other organizations, starting on Sept. 14, 2017.

Read the Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft.

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will consider formal public testimony on the Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft. Community members are invited to submit their written testimony to the PSC until October 24, or in person at a public hearing on Oct. 24, 2017.The Commission may amend the proposal and will subsequently vote to recommend the changes and draft plan to Portland City Council.

Summary of potential map changes

Many of the items in the Map Refinement Proposed Draft reflect simple map corrections to the Comprehensive Plan Map land use designations and/or Zoning Map base or overlay zones. This will ensure that regulations are implemented in alignment with policy direction in the 2035 Comprehensive Plan.

Highlights include:

  • Exhibit O – Further Refinement Directive, dated December 2016
  • Reconciliation of Bureau of Development Services land use reviews between January 2013 and August 2017
  • Reconciliation of nonconforming development, as appropriate, constructed between January 2013 and August 2017
  • Technical and policy priority map changes (e.g., affordable housing, City bureau coordinated, nonconforming commercial uses, overlay zone modifications, split zones)

How to Testify

You can provide testimony for the Map Refinement Project Proposed Draft in the following ways:

In person: Before the Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC), Tuesday, October 24, 2017, at 5 p.m., 1900 SW 4th Avenue, Room 2500, Portland

Email: with subject line “Map Refinement Project Testimony”

U.S. Mail

Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission
Map Refinement Project Testimony
1900 SW 4th Avenue, Suite 7100
Portland, OR 97201

Map App: View proposals in our interactive Map App and use the comment tab to provide your testimony.

What is the difference between the Zoning Map and the Comprehensive Plan Map?

Next Steps

The PSC will consider public testimony and then forward a recommendation to City Council for consideration and additional public review. After public hearings, Council will vote to adopt the Map Refinement Project early next year.

For more information, visit